Ramadan 2019: Has the moon been sighted in Saudi Arabia? When does Ramadan start?

The holy month of Ramadan celebrates the first time the Koran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. The celebration is observed by millions of Muslims across the globe as a period of fasting. According to Islamic belief, the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad.

Has the moon been sighted in Saudi Arabia?

Hilal, the crescent was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, May 4, but is likely to be spotted on Sunday, May 5.

The beginning of each new month in Islam is marked by the observance of a new moon.

Visibility of the moon depends on various factors, therefore, the months in the Islamic calendar begin on different dates every year, like the holy month of Ramadan.

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When does Ramadan start?

The beginning and end of Ramadan are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar.

This year Ramadan will start in the evening of Sunday, May 5, and end in the evening of Tuesday, June 4.

Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon.

Eid al-Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast that comes at the end of Ramadan, where there will be feasting and celebrations.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar and comes after the month of Sha’ban and before Shawwal.

The reason the date changes is because Islam follows the lunar calendar, calculated by the moon, which makes the months roughly 11 days shorter than those in the Gregorian calendar.

This specific date varies too between countries and places, as it will officially start when the new moon is sighted – known as rukyah.

What happens during Ramadan?

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset.

Each night, after sunset, the fast is broken with an Iftar ceremony, where people eat, pray and study the Koran.

The month also focuses on charity work and people will perform acts of generosity to the Muslim community.

source: express.co.uk